Magazines For Sale... Literally

Lee Hadden writes: \" Primemedia wants to reduce its large debt obligation, so is planing to
sell the popular magazine, \"Modern Bride,\" for about $50 million. The title
has attracted interest from several publishers, including some competitors.
Also on the block are several other titles in the hunting and photography
titles. Many of these are very popular titles in public libraries.
Read more about it in today\'s Wall Street Journal, December 18, 2001,
page B6.

Protect the Innocent?

Gerry writes \"Editorial in CSMonitor about society (in general) and libraries (in particular) treatment of children as \"mini-adults\". Just something to chew on...\"
They say Don\'t treat children like mini-adults.


Prophets of The Computer Age

Part of the Flash Backs Archive at The Atlantic Monthly, Prophets Of The Computer Age highlights 2 excellent articles.

\"As We May Think\", is generally regarded by digerati as, if not the literal blueprint for the Net and the World Wide Web, then one of its germinal seeds.

\"The Computers of Tomorrow\" posits the possibility of an \"information utility,\" and raises the question of how government regulation might or might not play a role in this new market.

See Also: A Little History of the World Wide Web


Examining the negative aspects of the social dynamics of science

Close Minded Science is a collection of links that aims to \"to take a middle road between total close-mindedness and total gullibility. Practice pragmatism, pursue humility, and maintain a clear, honest, and continuing view of ourselves and the less noble of our own behaviors.\"
See also: Against Excessive Skepticism: Collected Quotes.


Man, 97, bequeaths gay porn collection

A 97-year-old man is giving a vast collection of gay porn films, videos and magazines to his local town library.

The man, who lives in Rovereto in the north of Italy, began collecting gay erotica in the 1930s. According to the Italian publication Supereva, the pensioner says the collection includes \"all the masterpieces of the best gay porn directors.\"

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Copyright Copy Well

Two useful Web/Copyright articles:Copyright Implications: Using Images in Educational Collections, by Jenni Rodda says Librarians and archivists have a responsibility, both to their patrons and to the artists, authors and creators whose works they preserve, to keep current with how copyright regulations should be applied in educational settings.

Brian Wassom has written Copyright Implications of Reproducing Published Materials on Law School Course Web Sites where he gives some recommendations on guidelines for placing copyrighted materials on law school Course World Wide Web sites, and provides pleanty of background reading as well.


Librarian Guide To Feline Law

Presenting the LLRX guide, The Domestic Cat and the Law: A Guide to Available Resources

Stephen Young (A reference librarian at The Catholic University of America) has written a comprehensive document on legislation, regulations, landmark cases, texts, secondary sources, organizations and groups, and related web sites, all of which focus on the 73 million felines that share the lives of Americans.

And since all librarians have a cat at home, or in the libary, this will be especially useful. Maybe they could use this in Escondido?


Rights v. Rights - when copying is not copying

Rights v. Rights may be slightly dated, but it\'s still worth a read. From the 64th IFLA General Conference, in 1998, \"This paper highlights the copyright barriers that can arise for visually impaired readers in the context of the \"Information Society\". It starts by enunciating certain basic rights which set the backcloth for the ensuing discussion. The historical setting of the pre-electronic era is briefly described. Recent ground-breaking legislation is then summarised. The author then details some of the new copyright issues posed as a result of the opportunities opened up by information technology. Finally, the paper reviews some of the ways in which legislators have begun to address these new questions.

An Essay on Professional Ethics

This Essay, by Ralph L. Sanderson,
briefy examines the topic of professional ethics. He examines both the broad concepts and issues involved before focusing on ethics and the library and information management profession. He says As \'professionals\', librarians have adopted, through their governing associations, their own ethics or \'rules of correct and honorable conduct\'. The respective library associations of the United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand have all adopted similar (if not identical) ethics.


XreferPlus Digital Reference Service Launched for Libraries

Paula Hane writes...

\"For the past 2 years, searchers have had Web access to about 50 ready-reference sources from Now, the company has officially announced the launch of xreferplus, its new subscription reference service for libraries The free site is still available It offers general reference works—encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and books of quotations—and a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law. There are over 1 million entries. The cross-referencing technology connects related information across all the works and has generated an additional network of over 5 million xreferences.\" More


The Library - Coming to a Mall Near You

There\'s a new library in town and it\'s at the mall. The city of Bellevue, WA has opened The Library Connection in order to better serve an increasingly diverse population. People view this new fangled approach to the library as positive. The Library COnnection at the mall is even credited with bringing down the local crime rate. More


Enid Blyton Goes Politically Correct

Michael Owen Brown writes...

\"Political correctness has led to ethnic cleansing in the Enchanted Wood. In new Australian editions of Enid Blyton\'s famous children\'s books, golliwogs no longer inhabit the world of The Magic Faraway Tree.
They have been replaced by teddy bears, with computer art programs used to change the faces from the original illustrations. Another famous Blyton character, Dame Slap, has had to curb her penchant for violence against children.
She is now known as Dame Snap and administers discipline with caustic comments rather than corporal punishment. The changes were forced upon Australian publisher Hinkler Books by Chorion Intellectual Property, owner of the rights to Blyton\'s works since 1996.\" More from The Advertiser.


ACLU censorware follow-up Export Report

Seth Finkelstein writes \"The ACLU has released a [PDF] Follow Up Report concerning the
flaws of censorware.
This has further censorware criticisms and is a rebuttal to some pro-censorware material.

This is the expert witness rebuttal report of Benjamin Edelman from the Multnomah County Public Library V. United States of America.


DCMA and Libraries

K. Matthew Dames is the Resident Librarian at Georgetown University Law Center’s has written \"Court Decisions Tilt DMCA Balance Away From Libraries, Users
\" over at LLRX.

He says that there is an advancing trend in which Congress, copyright owners and the courts narrow consumers\' speech and copyright rights in the digital age.


A History of Books and Those Who Love Them

Henry Wessells writes...

\"Patience & Fortitude is a new journey into the world of rare books and book collecting by the author of A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. This time Basbanes gives an account of his meetings with a broad spectrum of librarians, booksellers and private collectors in travels throughout the United States and Europe.\" More from The Miami Herald.


Red Cross and Library Team Up for Troops

For the Herald Mail (MD) Kimberly Yalowski writes...

\"U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia will receive a piece of home thanks to employees of the Washington County library system and the local branch of the American Red Cross.
Library and Red Cross employees stuffed care packages with water bottles, squeezable stress relievers, toothpaste, shower gel, soap, pens, snacks, gum and paperbacks.\" More


Geoffrey Bill Obituary

Lee Hadden writes: \"Geoffrey Bill was librarian and archivist of Lambeth Palace Library from
1958 to 1991. The most notable and successful of modern Lambeth
Librarians, he was, as he liked to recall, only the fourth to hold that
office in a century and a quarter.

He was active too in the Friends of the National Libraries and on the
Gladstone Diaries committee, and was responsible for founding the Church
of England Record Society, on whose activities he kept a benevolent eye.
His achievements were publicly recognised in 1983 by his Lambeth DLitt and
his fellowship of the Royal Historical Society, and in 1984 by his
election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was appointed OBE
in 1991.

Read more about this interesting British librarian in the December 14, 2001 issue of the Times.\"


Homeless problems at Seattle Public Library

Someone writes \"The Seattle Weekly
has A Story
on the problems caused by large numbers of homeless using the temporary downtown library. \"

\"On some days, you can walk through the place and 80 or 90 percent of the people will be homeless,\"

See Also: Homeless Troubles in Boston, sent in by Don Warner Saklad

Censorship in France?

Eric Fenster sent this via email:

\"A small (96 pages) book, and not just any book, is in danger of being censured in France. The title is: \'Vos papiers! Que faire face à la police?\' (Your
papers! What to do when confronted by the police?) - It was recently published by the French magistrates\' union (Syndicat de la magistrature). The book simply tells citizens (and others) what their rights are
when there is an ID check, arrest, and so on.

Authorities Drop Charges Against Sklyarov in Exchange for Testimony

Many librarians and opponents of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) are rejoicing at the news that charges have been dropped against Russian hacker Dmitry Sklyarov for violation of copyright laws. If convicted, he could have spent 5 years in prison and been fined $500,000.More from Wired News.


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